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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta The international Balloon Fiesta 2015, it's a sight to see! and great festival to check off the bucket list! Everywhere you look there are balloons! Welcome to Albuquerque's Old Town! Enjoy a beautifully historical walk through the city's past that includes gift shops littered with unique Native and Spanish artifacts, delicious eateries, and a plaza that boasts cultural events to celebrate a long and rich history. Yucca in its full, glorious bloom on UNM campus just north of Northrop Hall. The original Garcia's Kitchen on Central Ave is the BEST of all the Garcia's locations. Tasty food, good prices, and nice proximity to Albuquerque's Old Town make this a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. A brightly painted and mural covered building downtown Albuquerque.
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So much to enjoy here! The KiMo Theatre, a Pueblo Deco building, was erected in 1927 on Central Avenue in downtown Albuquerque. It is home to plays, films, operas, and various other productions year-round. San Felipe de Neri church is on the register of state and national historic places, continuously serving as a house of prayer since 1793. Eating brunch in Old Town, it's not uncommon for visitors to unexpectedly join you. Interesting bit of architecture just north of Downtown ABQ. Giraffe, twice as tall as you and kind of intimidating. Want to stick your hand in its mouth? Good news, you can do just that! Well, sorta.
For two dollars you, or one of your munchkins, can get two bundles of giraffe food. In other words, you get a stick with some leaves on it, but don't let that discourage you. This giraffe, named June, will come right up to the fence, encouraged by her caretaker, and accept the treats with its long, reportedly slimy, tongue.
Feeding times vary, you can find them on the ABQ zoo website. One after another, they fill, they rise. It's like watching sleeping giants wake. The International Balloon Festival, also known as Balloon Fiesta, happens every October in Albuquerque. It's totally worth getting up early to see the hot air balloons launch above the desert.
http://www.liferidingshotgun.com/2014/10/balloon-fiesta-2014.html Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta One of the best weekend vacations I've ever spent was in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the International Balloon Festival! You can walk among the balloons and watch them Albuquerque’s Downtown Plaza is a gathering place for concerts, summer movies, cultural events and - apparently - a ginormous Adirondack chair A view of the Pete V. Domenici US Courthouse and cloud-covered Sandia Mountains in the background as seen from the 5h floor of the Metropolitan Courthouse. Local lizards & salamanders in the special collections lab in UNM's CERIA bldg. This is the place to be on Saturday morning: live music, fresh produce, hand-crafted goods, and children dancing like gypsies! I'm staying at the Hampton Inn across from this water park as I drive back to Colorado from college. The Hampton is nice but the wifi is so slow next year when I drive back I'm going to stay there because a water park seems a lot more fun after a long drive. This is nice place to meet or happy hour in bike-friendly Nob Hill. Good food, fair selection of local beers, and friendly staff. Give it a go! Balloon Festival is the first two weekends in October. Hundreds and hundreds of balloons lift off! Color color everywhere! This little food wagon is amazing! Vegan and vegetarian choices: burritos, beans, calabacitas and more. They'll even give you an order # to take into Tractor Brewery while you have drinks and wait on your food. Incredibly accommodating! Sunrise hot air ballooning. There's a few companies to choose from in Albuquerque, but Rainbow Ryders were good and very professional. It's an amazing way to greet the day #goldenhour When in Albuquerque we try to visit the St. James Tea Room.
It is hard to believe that you are in the South West and having a Proper Tea.
Beautiful and old church in Old Town Albuqerque, NM Tractor. Troy and partner have been here many, many years and it shows - they give a great cut at a great price! The water park at the Raddison Latin music under the gazebo and dancing crowds on a comfortably warm Saturday evening is an excellent welcome to summer in ABQ. I love this place! Little Chapel in Patio Escondido. Old Town Albuquerque This church in Old Town Albuquerque was established in 1706. Excellent place to play or rest in central Albuquerque with a new playground, football and soccer fields, tennis courts, and an adjacent library. Chiles drying in the Albuquerque sun in Old Town during chile season in New Mexico. Best kept ABQ secret Albuquerque International Balloon Festival! Is it a new planet? Is it the apocalypse ? No just a shot from the window of a plane over New Mexico This historic catholic church was built in 1793. Located in the heart of old town Albuquerque, it's one of the oldest buildings in Albuquerque. Plants growing in glass jars attached with plastic ties to a bus stop cage: a pleasant surprise on a stroll through the south end of Nob Hill. Old-school phone booth in Northrop Hall. The phone has been removed, but a stool remains inside and the doors still open & shut to give one a quiet box in which he or she may find a modicum of momentary privacy. Fire station headquarters @ 8th & Silver The fluorescent mineral display in the geology museum at Northrop Hall always delights! Old Town Albuquerque early in the morning before the tourists rush in New Mexico, hot, dry, with wildlife like roadrunners, coyotes, and.... Polar Bears?
Albuquerque Biopark is home to one of these guys, basking in the way to hot sun. Based on the sunburn that I got coming out of that... I wouldn't want to be covered in fir on that day.
Polar bears dive for fish daily, and feeding times very by season, but there is a good chance you can catch him with a little more action than I did here. Check the Biopark website for more details. Can't help but smile watching these beautiful balloons fill and rise. Rooftop view of the center of Green Jeans, a brewery and eatery made completely of recycled shopping containers. All good, beer, and art are locally made. Old Town Albuquerque, NM This old rail yard featured in Breaking Bad has a farmers market. The Candy Lady has been a New Mexico staple for over 30 years. From traditional sweets to locally flavored specialties like pinyon brittle and Breaking Bad-themed treats, this place is a fun and unique stop in Albuquerque's Old Town Plaza. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta This place has changed SO much over the years. It has grown into a wonderful place to spend the day and just relax. I love the traditional lands of the Acoma Pueblo, who have occupied the area for thousands of years. (Again, if I have named a nation in error, please do correct me - my memory of these travels could certainly be off) I desire to return to Albuquerque in the near future to attend The Gathering of Nations.
While here, my colleague and I ventured to Santa Fe. The CEO of the organization we worked at dropped us off in Santa Fe, gave us a quick tour of the place, and treated us to supper at CowGirl BBQ Steakhouse. We took the train back to Albuequerque - a beautiful 2-hour ride back. We took a bike ride along the Rio Grande River in Rio Grand River State Park (November 2015). Old Town Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta ⛪️ Old town Albuquerque. Small plaza located in Albuquerque NM I love this spot. Especially when it's around dusk. It is near the CERIA bldg. The Wailers brought their reggae funk to downtown Albuquerque as part of the annual Summer Fest - beautiful night and amazing music! Petroglyphs in a state park right outside town. Statue in the campground where we stayed for a few days (November 2015) Just spent a great hour of my life here! Jumping and smiling the whole time with James C. Lyke! The famous 66 Chile cornbread and Vanilla lattes. 😎
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Get an overview of this hotelAlbuquerque hotel in Downtown Albuquerque with 3 restaurants and free breakfast

Popular property highlights

Breakfast included
Free self parking
Free WiFi
Pets allowed
Indoor pool

Location

Located in Downtown Albuquerque, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Tricklock Company and UNM North Golf Course are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hotel Features

This smoke-free hotel features 3 restaurants, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a snack bar/deli, a spa tub, and a sauna are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 189 rooms provide conveniences like sofa beds and refrigerators, plus free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Guests will also find balconies or patios, microwaves, and coffee makers.

Fairfield Inn By Marriott Albuquerque University Area

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to an indoor pool, Fairfield Inn By Marriott Albuquerque University Area provides a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness center. Dining is available at one of the hotel's 3 restaurants. The property also offers a snack bar/deli. A complimentary breakfast is offered. Public areas are equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access.

This hotel offers access to a 24-hour business center and a meeting room. Event facilities measure 624 square feet (56 square meters). This business-friendly hotel also offers multilingual staff, coffee/tea in a common area, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Complimentary self parking is available on site.

Fairfield Inn By Marriott Albuquerque University Area is a smoke-free property.

  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Indoor pool 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Express check-out 
  • Free self parking 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Sauna 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 56 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Number of restaurants - 3 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 624 
  • Snack bar/deli 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 189 
  • One meeting room 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Indoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Snack bar/deli  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Sofa bed  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Balcony or patio 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free local calls 
  • Microwave 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Sofa bed 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast.

Casa Chaco - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Ranchers Club - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch and dinner.

La Cantina - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch and dinner.

Nearby Things to Do

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Snowboarding nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Snowshoeing nearby 
  • Downhill skiing nearby 
  • Cross-country skiing nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at 2 AM

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 50.00 per accommodation, per stay
  • 2 per room
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
No rollaway/extra beds available
No cribs (infant beds) available

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Pet fee: USD 50.00 per accommodation, per stay
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Fairfield Inn Marriott Albuquerque University Area
  • Fairfield Inn Marriott University Hotel Albuquerque Area
  • Fairfield Inn Marriott Albuquerque University Area Hotel
  • Fairfield Inn Marriott University Area

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section).


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